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Wattisham: Prince Charles hands medals to troops

PUBLISHED: 14:11 20 July 2011

Prince Charles awarded medals to soldiers of 4 Reg at Wattisham Air Base today.

Prince Charles awarded medals to soldiers of 4 Reg at Wattisham Air Base today.

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APACHE pilots and crew at a Suffolk airbase have been presented with medals by the Prince of Wales.

His Royal Highness was at Wattisham Airfield today to hand out Afghanistan Operational Medals to soldiers from 4 Regiment Army Air Corps.

Thirty-five troops were given medals while three troops received Long Service and Good Conduct honours. One soldier, Warrant Officer Class 1 Martyn Leadbetter, was handed a Meritorious Service Medal.

The Prince also gave a short address to the regiment and family members.

He said it had been a great please to visit the base and that the country owed the soldiers and their families a huge debt of gratitude.

His Royal Highness also had a short meeting with his youngest son Prince Harry, who is currently learning to fly Apache helicopters at Wattisham.

Ipswich Town’s managing director last night criticised the “unwarranted personal abuse” suffered by manager Mick McCarthy and players from fans and the media this season.

A lorry driver warned he may never be able to walk has defied the odds by crossing the finish line of his 200th marathon.

The trial of a 58-year-old Suffolk woman who allegedly claimed benefits without informing the authorities that she owned a property in Spain will take place in April.

After the region was hit by the first major snowfall of the winter on Sunday and earlier today, forecasters have provided an update on whether there will be another wintry blast tonight and early tomorrow morning.

An Ipswich shopkeeper left angry and upset at shoplifters targeting the newsagents he owns is taking a stand and asking customers to knock before he lets them in.

A burglar has been jailed for a year after he was identified through the Facebook account on his mobile which he dropped while stealing from an address.

The mother of missing RAF airman Corrie McKeague has spoken of her “immeasurable” peace of mind after police have this afternoon confirmed that they have ruled out he is in a Milton landfill site.

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